UFC 274 results, highlights: Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje to become top contender at lightweight

Charles Oliveira may not be the UFC lightweight champion, but there’s no question who the best lightweight on the planet is. Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje in a brutal sugar rush at UFC 274 on Saturday night.

Things, as usual in this lightweight title campaign, didn’t look good for Oliveira at first. Gaethje dropped Oliveira twice in the first round: first with a right uppercut, then with a left hook. ‘The Highlight’ was careful not to engage on the pitch with Oliveira and welcomed him to his feet. Gaethje’s reluctance to commit to ground and pound led to his eventual demise. Oliveira found his footing and responded with relentless pressure. Combined boxing, knees, flying knees and jump front kick. “Do Bronx” found a right-hand man at home who sat Gaethje down. Oliveira immediately spun his web on the floor, going from a bare back choke to an armbar to a triangle armbar before sinking into a bare back choke that forced Gaethje to tap.

UFC President Dana White was conspicuously absent from the Octagon for his traditional role of tying the UFC title around the winner’s waist. Oliveira, who was the reigning UFC lightweight champion at the start of the week, was stripped of his belt after dropping half a pound in weight. There were rumors circulating from several fighters this week that inaccurate scales given to fighters ahead of time were contributing to weight issues. Either way, Oliveira is no longer the UFC lightweight champion, but will compete in his next fight.

“Hey, there’s something here,” Oliveira teased in the post-fight interview with the help of a translator. “It’s a message to the whole division. I’m a problem for the whole division. Look at this team, look at me. I’m the enlightened one. This is my title. He should be here.

“Hey Conor McGregor, are you coming or going to run away?”

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Oliveira extended his winning streak to 11 and finished Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Kevin Lee and many more during that streak. The only small blemish – if you can call it that – is a clear and unanimous victory over Tony Ferguson in December 2020.

White later confirmed that Oliveira would challenge for the title on his next outing. White has no doubt that Oliveira is the division’s uncrowned champion. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules.

“That’s him,” White told reporters at the UFC 274 post-fight press conference. “He didn’t make weight. We have rules. He didn’t make weight. of weight. The belt is vacant but I’m sure in the minds of the media and fight fans, Oliveira is the champion. But technically he’s the number one contender now.”

Elsewhere, Carla Esparza has regained the women’s strawweight title after nearly eight years away from the top of the mountain. The “Cookie Monster” edged out Rose Namajunas on two of the three judges’ scorecards to claim the belt which she first won in 2014. Additionally, Michael Chandler gave fans one of the most knockouts ever. villains in recent memory with his Tony Ferguson front kick.

CBS Sports was with you the whole way Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from UFC 274 below.

UFC 274 card and results

  • Charles Oliveira beats. Justin Gaethje via first-round submission (rear naked choke)
  • Carla Esparza defeats. Rose Namajunas (c) via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
  • Michael Chandler beats. Tony Ferguson Second-round knockout (front kick)
  • Ovince Saint-Preux defeated. Mauricio Rua via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Randy Brown beats. Khaos Williams via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Francisco Trinaldo defeated. Danny Roberts via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Macy Chiasson beats. Norma Dumont via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Brandon Royval beats. Matt Schnell via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Blagoy Ivanov defeats. Marcos Rogerio De Lima via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • AndrĂ© Fiahlo defeated. Cameron Vancamp via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Tracy Cortez defeats. Melissa Gatto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • CJ Vergara defeated. Kleidison Rodrigues by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Loopy Godinez defeated. Ariane Carnelossi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Journey Newson beats. Fernie Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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